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brucefryer
"If it hasn't been done, then it's worth doing."
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And by you, I mean your customers. How do they view you? Why did they buy and will they buy again? This is the first question I try to understand whenever I start a new project (or talk to a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
Last week I had a lively discussion with an education expert talking about privacy and security. This resulted after interpretations of FERPA resulted in universities selling student directories / email addresses to spammers third party marketing organizations. (just because they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
Reality is a harsh mistress. With the advances in Electronic Health Records, patient portals and records transport ala Direct X.509, my peers and I see a very bright future for healthcare in the U.S. and talk about all the great... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
The US healthcare system has been warped by reimbursements for care. In Sharin's piece "The End of Hospital Cost Shifting", he talks about the impact on hospitals of the Medicare cutting reimbursements to hospitals based on work done by Austin... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
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CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) is a medical billing coding system created by the American Medical Association (AMA) with the sole purpose of charging insurance companies for health care services and putting royalty money in the AMA's pocket. It's an artifact... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
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Encryption basically has two use cases: 1. Moving information from point A to point B and not letting anyone else be able to see it during transit. 2. Making sure that when the information is at rest (data, email, etc.)... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2013 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
I won't bore you with the statistics on how the US spends more and gets less than any other industrial nation in the world and consumed about 17.9 percent of GDP last year. Instead I want to focus on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
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And it is owned and run by Michael R Loeb (nice 18,000 sq ft house) of Loeb Enterprises. Will you save money vs insurance on prescriptions? Maybe. Will your name and prescription data be sold to the pharmaceutical companies. Absolutely. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
Imagine taking care of 15 patients a day. And you've never met them before. And coordinating care among three shifts of nurses, labs and specialists. That is the plight of the hospitalist. HealthIT 1.0 has failed them. Patient histories from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
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A friend of mine asked me this week about how I started out as a developer. Did I go to school for it? The short answer is no. I taught myself initially because it helped me do my job better.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
Twice this year I've talked to two companies who have the same challenge: After a decade of getting to $20-$50M in sales , senior management has been tasked by the board to "GET BIG NOW". I have noticed the same... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2013 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
Meaningful use stage II is requiring a certain percentage of patients to be able to view their patient health information. At HIMSS in New Orleans there was a lot of conversation about this. And many vendors talking about their solutions.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
A pdf just doesn't cut it in today's websites. Try looking at them on your smartphone. But how do you handle those slide decks? I've seen plugins etc. but that was just too much work. Turns out Keynote on Mac... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
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Just before Thanksgiving I was floored by sciatica. I started taking a lot of ibuprofen to reduce the inflammation. By Friday I was able to get off the floor and go see the doctor who prescribed prednisone to further calm... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2013 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
Just got a notice from Comcast that they are dropping all analog signals. I'm not surprised. There is only so much bandwidth and I suspect Comcast is increasing their 3D line up. So goodbye analog. If you have an old(er)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2013 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
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While working with a new startup, it is easy to get lost in the weeds. The first major milestone is cash flow break-even. This is when income meets expenses. It's math, when (number of customers x contribution margin) = expenses.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2012 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
Yesterday our plane broke and since I would miss my connection they kindly rebooked me on a flight this morning. It was a very long night and I missed the flight. 30 minutes later I tried to rebook with an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
Delta put up a new website and the IT folks did a lousy job testing. On Mountain Lion with Firefox Delta won't print boarding passes and won't let you book a flight. On my Air it said I had an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
You have just developed this great product / service for businesses. But you need customers. Too often we focus on those "big deals" and gear our messages to the top: "We will make / save you money". The problem is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
I'm all for electronic checkin for patients at clinics, but I wonder sometimes if the vendors actually use their own products. Take Phreesia for instance. Hand the patient a tablet with a stylus and voila! all their information is electronically... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2012 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
I am sorry you are reading this. But your job now is to do what's best for the comfort and care of your family member. And this is going to consume your life for the weeks ahead. The first choice... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2012 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
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The LG Rumor Touch is showing up on the "pay as you go" phone services from Virgin. Originally Scanlife supported this device from getscanlife.com. But now their autodetection identifies the phone as an LG LN510 but sends you to an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2012 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
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This morning I pulled up a local website to see the 4th of July activies. Imagine my surprise when on the home page I see the smiling face of a Facebook friend of mine. Creepy. Privacy is a contextual thing.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
I was getting tired of paying Vonage $35 / month (after taxes) for a phone line. Plus I found I liked using Skype for making calls because I could do it hands free. I also have a Google Voice number... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains
I've always been leery of building systems that hold all of the patient data and depending on access controls to allow external parties to pull them down. Utah had a data breach impacting up to 780,000 people. All because a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at Fryer's Blog in the Mountains